Recycled Crazy

Evidently, trash isn’t the only thing that gets recycled. Lunacy does too.

From the Houston Press article “Five Things You Didn’t Know About the War on Christmas,” here’s your nugget of Holiday history, or the-more-things-change-the-more-they-stay-the-same:

The “War” Was Started By the John Birch Society: If you’ve never heard of the John Birch Society then you probably get a better night’s sleep than I do. Founder Robert Welch, a candy manufacturer, started off with a fairly legitimate organization dedicated to fighting communism in 1958, but like most people who made fighting communism a life-long goal what he started turned into a paranoid conspiracy that accused everything from fluoridation of water to the Book of the Month Club to being sinister, subliminal plots from hidden American commies to overthrow the capitalist nation.

One of their earliest campaigns, though, was the idea that Christ was being eradicated from Christmas celebrations as a classic communist strike at undermining religious belief in order to make people less able to resist the state. From the 1959 pamphlet “There Goes Christmas?!” by Hubert Kregeloh:

“The UN fanatics launched their assault on Christmas in 1958, but too late to get very far before the holy day was at hand. They are already busy, however, at this very moment, on efforts to poison the 1959 Christmas season with their high-pressure propaganda. What they now want to put over on the American people is simply this: Department stores throughout the country are to utilize UN symbols and emblems as Christmas decorations.”


  1. Very interesting………I was wondering about the origin of those countless cards in the mail during December bearing the UN symbol I’ve been receiving over the years. Now I know. (:

  2. You mean that it’s been a UN conspiracy all along? Well, you never know what kind skulduggery to expect from a group that feeds starving kids and holds boring meetings. I’ll bet you didn’t think they could come to a decision on anything without a long debate, but here they are, fighting a very long drawn out battle on Christmas.

  3. you mean it wasn’t all those _Jewish_ department store owners (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*) that started that War on Christmas with all their “Happy Holidays” Christ-less advertising?
    [Jewish jewelry store owners too!]

  4. I will acknowledge waging my own War on Christmas as I stood up for my right (and now my kids’ rights) to participate in the public school experience without being required to sing the praises of Christ as deity. And I – gasp – make an effort to respect other people when choosing how to greet them. Christians would Christians who object to “Happy Holidays” react if Jewish-owned businesses required employees to say “Happy Hanukkah” instead?

  5. I consider this issue part of the “war on Christmas”. How many of you are aware of and affected by the fact that Indiana collects sales tax from all on line purchases no matter where they are ordered from? This includes downloads onto my Kindle…and yours. With the vast number of people shopping on line these days; this must add up to an extreme amount of sales tax. Any way to track and report this? Where exactly does this money go?

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